This weekend we’ve got a large rocket, space, and air show at our air base, so my brother and his family, and some other friends of ours are here for the week (including nine children under 11, besides our three). Today is a rocket education day designed just for children. David’s been looking forward to spending this day with his cousins for quite awhile.
This morning as I was double checking the website, I realized that this event was only for older elementary through high school students. Only two of the oldest children would be able to go. David was crushed. I felt horrible at this oversight, but I wanted to be able to comfort him with comfort that God gives.
What Scriptures would encourage him? How should I pray? I started out praying with him that God would help him not to be sad. Then I started asking myself, What do you read and pray when you are disappointed? That was a helpful prompt. I went to Psalm 46 and read from that a bit. Even though this passage didn’t exactly seem to fit, it’s one place I start with when I’m overwhelmed, and I needed something fast, since I had a still crying child on my lap. I talked a little bit about “be still, and know that I am God,” and we prayed that God would help David to trust Him, even though he was sad. I left him in his bedroom and turned on some happy music and left to take my brother and the two older children to the base.
When we talked a little later, I asked him if God helped him to trust Him, and when he said yes, we prayed and told God thank you.
So… what Scriptures would you have shared? How would you have prayed?